How to make silk ribbon

Updated February 21, 2017

Many craft projects call for sumptuous silk ribbon. Sewing projects, too, can benefit from the beauty and luxury of pure silk. Silk ribbon does not have to be expensive -- you can make your own silk ribbon from a large panel of silk fabric by simply sewing it into strips on your sewing machine. A single metre of silk fabric yields a lot of ribbon, and fabric is often available in a wider selection of colours than ready-made ribbon on spools.

Iron your silk, being careful to set the iron to the appropriate heat level. Spread it out on a table. Using a ruler, make marks every 2.5 cm (1 inch) with the chalk along the top edge of the fabric. Repeat at intervals down the full length of the fabric so that the 2.5 cm (1 inch) marks line up under each other -- these are guide marks to help you cut straight strips. Cut the strips from the fabric.

Fold 3 mm (1/8 inch) from the right edge of one strip over to the wrong side of the fabric; then fold the edge over another 3 mm (1/8 inch) so that the raw edge is no longer visible on the wrong side of the fabric. Pin along the entire edge at regular intervals. Repeat for the left edge of the silk strip. The resulting strip has pins along both edges and measures 1.25 cm (1/2 inch) wide.

Sew each pinned edge of the silk ribbon using a 3 mm (1/8 inch) seam allowance and a straight stitch. Remove the pins.

Repeat these steps with additional strips of silk. Strips can be joined with a straight stitch across the 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide ends before the edges are pinned and hemmed if a longer silk ribbon is necessary to complete your project.

Iron the finished silk ribbon.


Use silk thread for the best results. Invisible nylon thread may be used, and is naked to the eye, but can be difficult to work with and has very little give once connected to the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • 90 cm (1 yard) silk fabric
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Thread to match fabric colour
  • Sewing machine
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Louise Harding holds a B.A. in English language arts and is a licensed teacher. Harding is a professional fiction writer. She is mother to four children, two adopted internationally, and has had small businesses involving sewing and crafting for children and the home. Harding's frugal domestic skills help readers save money around the home.